7 Critical Steps to Becoming a Professional RIA Buyer

November 28, 2016

As conference season winds down in the wealth management industry, everyone seems to be discussing the “mega trends” that are leading to consolidation in the RIA space. From aging advisors, to low-cost online competition, to more strict regulatory requirements increasing the overall cost of doing business, savvy buyers are able to capitalize on these trends…

Read More


“The Long Game” of Starting an RIA

November 14, 2016

The recent DOL FAQ released on October 27th has driven recruiters and their advisors into a tizzy. Howard Diamond of Diamond Consultants declared it the “most hectic week” they have ever experienced, and they’ve been leading the wirehouse recruiting game for over 15 years. According to new interpretation by the DOL, wirehouses will no longer…

Read More


“Lean In?” How About Simply “Don’t Lay Down”

October 11, 2016

Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book kicked off a public discussion on what it means to be a successful woman in the workplace, and it provided strategies and motivation for women to get ahead in their careers. More specifically to the financial services industry, Sallie Krawcheck has done some amazing work with her company, Ellevest, and has…

Read More


The Push vs. Pull for Breakaway Advisors

September 19, 2016

I had the privilege to address the CFA Society of Los Angeles this past Wednesday night, and we inevitably discussed trends in the breakaway advisor movement. While many have detailed the fact that wirehouse advisors are being pushed into independence by the changing culture, over-bearing compliance, constantly shrinking payout grid, etc., of their employers, I…

Read More


PFI Advisors Industry White Paper: Becoming a Professional Buyer

September 12, 2016

Our latest industry white paper details the 7 key capabilities that all RIA buyers need to develop before engaging in M&A activity.  This report also highlights four industry leaders and the lessons they have learned from their varied experiences: Savant Capital Management, Angeles Wealth Management, Osborne Partners Capital Management, and Summit Trail Advisors. We are…

Read More


4 Necessary Considerations Before Going Independent

September 6, 2016

Financial Planning Magazine recently reached out and asked us to contribute to their “30 Days 30 Ways” series detailing Advisors in Transition.  We wrote the following piece to educate advisors on where to start when transitioning to independence… The breakaway movement continues to gain momentum as captive advisers within the wirehouse community desire more control over…

Read More


Onboarding a Wirehouse Advisor Into Your RIA

August 24, 2016

  For an RIA, onboarding a wirehouse advisor or advisory team and incorporating them into your firm is an intriguing concept, but seems daunting to most.  The biggest question RIAs always have is, “Where do I begin?”  There are often so many unfamiliar nuances to this undertaking that advisors give up before they even start….

Read More


Breakaway Advisor Movement, Version 2.0

July 28, 2016

Once You Break Free of the Wirehouse, You Need to Run From the Platforms and Aggregators, Too! There is always a dark side to success.  The RIA market has been booming for years, consistently taking assets away from the traditional bank/wirehouse community, and now manages nearly $3 trillion in assets. As the overall assets under…

Read More


Build It For Greatness – Not Just To Sell It

July 8, 2016

We often hear from industry experts that the end game for entrepreneurs is to build their firms so they can monetize and sell them down the road as quickly as possible.  Perhaps these “experts” are missing the point? Consider this excellent article by Ted Rubin:  “Build it to be Great – Not to Sell It”. He…

Read More


Don’t Cut Your Fees Just Yet…

June 23, 2016

Everyone in the industry is, in our opinion, losing their mind over fee compression caused by Robo Advisors. Advisors feel they need to increase their spending on technology and cut their fee in half to prevent their clients from leaving in droves for a Robo Advisor. If you take a short step back, wouldn’t you…

Read More